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Man with prior convictions arrested for deadly DUI crash

Whenever there is a car accident, the police may try to ascertain if any kind of drugs or alcohol was responsible or played a role in the crash. If alcohol did play a role and someone was injured, the potential charges could have very serious consequences should a conviction follow. In addition, if someone arrested for DUI in Tennessee has prior convictions, the penalties may be compounded and pose serious challenges for someone.

One recent accident involved a man who was driving with his 10-year-old son and also an 11-year-old boy in the car. The man crashed the car. His 10-year-old son died as a result, and the 11-year-old child suffered injuries and required medical treatment.

Don't take field sobriety tests results at face value

When someone is pulled over for suspicion of a DUI or is involved in an accident and driving under the influence is a suspected cause, that person may be subjected to a number of tests and/or asked a number of questions by law enforcement. Field sobriety tests are typically used by Tennessee police officers. Anyone who is asked to submit to such a test may be interested to know his or her legal options afterwards and what possible conditions may lead to test results being ruled inadmissible.

A field sobriety test requires a person under suspicion of intoxication to undergo a variety of physical maneuvers or perform certain tasks in a certain way. Many variables can complicate this process and may be relevant in court as a DUI case moves forward. The health of the individual taking the test and any physical limitations may unfairly impact the findings.

Charges upgraded to vehicular homicide for Tennessee man

Whenever there is a car accident of any kind, police may find they have cause to pursue criminal charges against a driver. If they do press charges against a driver, there may also be cause to upgrade those criminal charges at a later time if they feel it is appropriate to do so. Recently in Tennessee, a man facing charges after a car accident had them upgraded, and he now faces an accusation of vehicular homicide.

The incident in question took place over Christmas 2012. A vehicle operated by a 51-year-old man collided with a car opertated by a 60-year-old man. The older driver was critically injured at the time. The driver who apparently caused the crash was then charged with DUI and vehicular assault, although it was not reported why authorities felt he was under the influence.

Car accident leads to DUI charges in Tennessee

Whenever there is a car accident, the authorities responding to the scene do everything possible to help any driver or passenger who has been injured. If those authorities believe alcohol or any other substance causing impairment may have played a role in the accident, those authorities may find cause to file DUI charges. A recent accident in Tennessee has led to DUI charges after a man wrecked his truck.

The incident happened on a Sunday night as a man was driving his Ford F150 pickup truck. The man crossed the center line and left the roadway. He then crashed the truck into a tree.

Tennessee man faces multiple charges, including new DUI charges

When police respond to a car accident, they may ask a driver specifics about the event, and criminal charges may be pending as a result of the discoveries they make. Recently, police came across a man whose truck had hit a pole. After investigating the scene and talking with the Tennessee man, they felt DUI charges were warranted, along with other charges.

The police responded at around 8 p.m. and asked the man what happened. They report that he initially said he wrecked because of swerving to avoid hitting an animal. The truck apparently went through a ditch before hitting the pole. They administered unspecified field sobriety tests, some of which they contend he failed. Other parts of the test were not possible due to the man's injuries.

After hitting pedestrian, driver faces drunk driving charges

Losing control of a car at any time can lead to an accident and that can lead to injuries to others. If police need to respond to a car accident, they may investigate to see if any criminal charges or traffic citations are warranted, such as charges related to driver impairment. In Tennessee, a woman was arrested and faces drunk driving charges after hitting a pedestrian and also a light pole.

The accident unfolded as the 26-year-old driver lost control of her car. She then went across two lanes of the road. The car hit a light pole and also struck a pedestrian.

Repeat offender facing DUI charges in Tennessee

Any kind of legal situation involving the police can be worrisome and result in criminal charges. Whenever someone is arrested as a repeat offender for a certain offense, the possible penalties they could face can be more severe compared to a person who may be an alleged first time offender. A Tennessee man recently found himself facing DUI charges, and the authorities claim he is a repeat offender, which could increase the need for sound legal advice and guidance.

The 59-year-old man was pulled over by police on a Sunday night. The police said he was making a U-turn while in an intersection. Once detained, the police say they found cause to charge the man with several offenses. However, it was not clear what made them believe the driver was under the influence at the time.

Driver faces drunk driving charges in Tennessee multi-car crash

Car accidents involving multiple vehicles may easily result in a fatality. This seems to have been the result of a recent car accident in Tennessee involving six cars. One driver was arrested and now faces drunk driving charges.

The incident happened when the 27-year-old driver was traveling eastbound on the Interstate. He and three other vehicles crashed into two vehicles which had been stopped on the eastbound side of the roadway for unknown reasons. The multi-vehicle collision killed two parents, both 43 years of age. Tragically, their two teenage sons also died from injuries suffered in the crash.

Accident leads to DUI charges for Tennessee man

Whenever there is an accident and the police respond, they may investigate to see if there is suspicion of drunk driving or impairment of any kind. Recently, a Tennessee car accident led police to suspect a man of drunk driving. DUI charges are currently pending against the driver who wrecked his vehicle on a Saturday night.

Before the accident occurred, a police officer responded to reports that a van ran a light and was driving along the road in an erratic manner. However, the police officer was unable to contact or pull over the vehicle in question before the accident occurred. The van ran off the roadway and then struck a culvert before overturning.

Tips for how to deal with DUI charges in Tennessee

Far too many people think that once they are suspected of or face DUI charges, all hope of defending themselves is lost. In Tennessee and elsewhere, it is vital that anyone facing DUI charges knows their rights. There are also tips to help protect those rights and minimize the chance of being arrested or found guilty of any kind of DUI charges.

One thing anyone should know before they are stopped and questioned is that they have the right to not answer questions. There is no need to feel obligated to tell police if you have been drinking or how much. You can simply politely state that you wish to speak with an attorney before discussing anything further.